(Closed) How much money did you put into your house in the first year?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

A lot!

How much on furniture/curtains/blinds/lawn mower/household goods?

Dining Table set:  $2500

Lawn/Misc/Other furniture:  $1500 est

We have a LOT more funiture to buy too.  I keep looking for the perfect pieces and can’t find them!

How much on upgrades (flooring, appliances, paint, door knobs)?

Hardwood floor refinishing:  $1600

Paint:  $750 so far – still have a lot to paint

New moulding/baseboard:  $500-800 not sure exactly

Complete lawn renovation & sod:  $1000

Light fixtures:  $250 – more to buy

Hardware/doorknobs/hinges etc:  $150 – more to buy

How much on bigger remodels (i.e. new kitchen or bath)?

Nothing yet – we will be doing a minor bath renovation in a few months

We have budgeted about $10,000 for a large basement reno.

How much on mechanicals in the house (heater, windows, roof)?

New detached garage roof:  $1000

Tree removal:  $2900

Luckily the house has newer windows and roof – 2006

Anything else?

No clue…it really adds up all the trips you take to Lowes and HD.  Probably another $1000.

Post # 18
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I forgot to add the $750 we spent on a new front door and the hardware, $130.

Post # 19
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

Gulp…this is kinda scary. I keep running the numbers for the upgrades we want to do to our home when we close on the 27th–but I guess I better stay clam and work on things over time.

Post # 20
2022 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m a little late to this thread – but I feel like we’ve spent a lot.  My FH’s family is in construction, etc., so it actually didnt cost us as much it wouldve otherwise.  Our house was built in the early 80s, was well taken care of, and just needed some updates.  We received a bunch of gift cards for Christmas, too… so that helped!

  • Replaced interior flat doors with paneled doors
  • Replaced interior door knobs with oil rubbed bronze knobs
  • Replaced faucets in two bathrooms with oil rubbed bronze
  • Replace cabinet knobs with oil rubbed bronze knobs
  • removed popcorn ceilings throughout
  • retextured walls and ceilings
  • painted every wall and all trim
  • Replaced front door
  • Replaced hall light fixtures with oil rubbed bronze ones
  • New ceiling fan in den

Post # 21
14987 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, that is hard…

Outdoor stuff

  • Riding mower – 2k
  • Snow blower – 600
  • Weed killer and grass stuff – 200
  • Grill – 200


  • Sofa set – 2k
  • Entertainment center & coffee table – 700
  • lighting fixture – 200
  • paint and supplies – 300
  • Bed – 400
  • night stands 150
  • Curtains & Rods – 250
  • Area rugs – 400


  • Gutters – 5k
  • Miter saw 200
  • drill & bits & screw driver 200

So…. about 13k?

In the second year we finally got:  (another 2kish)

  • bedroom dresser 400
  • Dining set 700
  • Dining room rug 200
  • buffet 400
  • Patio table 300
  • more paint and supplies 200

And we still want to update the bathroom shower/tub area and vanity tops and do something about the kitchen..

ETA: And we just found out our chimney is cracked, falling apart, and leaking.  We were just quoted 2k to fix that.

Post # 22
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

So far:

Laminate floors: $1100

Tile and installation Material: $300

Paint and Paint Supplies: $130

Labor Costs: $1500

Furniture : $3000

Blinds: $800

Popcorn Ceiling Removal Supplies:$40

And there will be more to come within the next few weeks… we are waiting on a few more quotes!


Post # 23
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

New floors – $8,000

New porch – $1,000 (SO built it himself so it was cheap!!!)

New paint throughout – $300

Crown & base throughout – $400

New kitchen – $6,000 (we got a great deal on granite and cabinets and did most of the work ourselves)

New appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer) – $7,000

Furniture – $3,000

… and it hasn’t even been a year yet. HOWEVER, our house value has increased over $100k without any of the upgrades just due to prices skyrocketing in our area. So we’re excited 🙂


Post # 24
2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Sofa – $800

Dishwasher – $400

Paint and supplies for three rooms – $300

Misc Decor – $500

Curtains and Rods -$250

New door knobs and faucets – $150

I had the vast majority of our furniture already, and some of it was gifted, the rest was found at various thrift stores. The only nw furniture we bought was our sectional sofa and the new dishwashr. It’s a Bosch and I love it.

We also just had a professional come and paint the exterior. That cost $2,200 and it was so worth it.

Down the line I want to update the kitchen, fence in the yard, and add a patio with a stone firepit and bench.


Post # 25
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

@QueenieB:  Where did you buy your paint to only spend $300. We spent $70 on painting the downstairs ceiling only :/ If we can do better please share!!!


Post # 26
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@BreezyBride24:  Hey – we used some paint from Home Depot (I think it was part of the Behr brand). Our house is also pretty small, so that probably plays into it as well (around 800 sf). Plus, we painted the whole house one color, with the exception of the bathroom, so we saved by getting the huge paint tubs rather than the small canisters, which give you more bang for your buck.

I recommend getting your hands on a paint spray gun if you know anyone that has one – it made the application go soo fast and I felt like we got more coverage per amount of paint than with the rollers.

Good luck 🙂

Post # 27
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

@QueenieB:  HmMM good suggestion. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for a paint spray gun.

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